by Dr. Stan Hudson, Director of Creation Ministries at the North Pacific Union Conference
I am SO tired of 2020. Please, Lord, send us that vaccine. Having to wear masks, not touching anyone or practically anything, we all long for the day to get past this. And the vaccine for Covid is finally here. Since I’m an old guy, maybe I’m closer to the front of the line? But it won’t really matter until millions of people get the vaccine. Then, and only then, will things get back to normal.
Some time ago a far worse pandemic hit God’s creation, spreading like crazy and causing unbearable suffering wherever it went. And it started…in heaven! I speak of that deadly disease of sin. “Sin” is a very religious term, but I have often defined it as “that which causes harm.” Self-centeredness devastates on contact. Would that masks would help!
What was needed was a vaccine. And just what IS a vaccine? According to Wikipedia: “a vaccine is a biological preparation that provides active acquired immunity to a particular infectious disease.” How does it work? “A vaccine typically contains an agent that resembles a disease-causing microorganism and is often made from weakened or killed forms of the microbe, its toxins, or one of its surface proteins. The agent stimulates the body’s immune system to recognize the agent as a threat and destroy it.”
Let me rephrase this: a vaccine provides a clearer picture of the infection’s threat to the body’s defenses, which then go on the attack and destroy the infection’s present and future ability of doing harm.
So what is the remedy for this world’s pandemic of sin, whose “wages” are death? A vaccine. We needed help to identify this deadly selfish nature we are infected with. Jesus accomplished the work of vaccination for us all.
First of all, we saw in His perfect life what perfect love was. It was so different than anything we knew. By comparison to that perfect life we see how dangerous our own nature is. When He died on the cross, we saw both what love could do (in His unselfish sacrifice and what sin does do (kills all things good).
The next illustration comes from Pastor Randy Roberts’ recent sermon about blood. We are familiar with old hymns that portray Jesus’ blood as a cleansing agent. We are “dipped in the crimson fountain,” and our “sins are washed away.” Sometimes it’s a gruesome illustration, but biologically it’s accurate. It is the blood that literally takes away the toxins (to the kidneys) and keeps things clean. It is the blood that defends the body from biological threats. So the cleansing effects of Jesus’ bloody sacrifice provides immunity from the infection of sin. Jesus’ blood as an overcomer provides us with powers to resist.
Finally, as we think in universal scales, the long term immunization of all of God’s creation against the virus of sin will have been accomplished. No one will ever want to tread that road again. Looking at it’s devastating effects of whatever it touched (and on the Creator Himself), we will be fully vaccinated and sin and suffering “will not rise again.”
Now THAT would really be something. I miss not wearing masks and not being so separate from people. I long for the universe to return to normal.